My rv forum friend Alice is an avid geocacher, especially at State Parks. She shared the website with me a while ago: http://www.geocaching.com/
From the website:
“Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunting game played throughout the world by adventure seekers equipped with GPS devices. The basic idea is to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, outdoors and then share your experiences online. Geocaching is enjoyed by people from all age groups, with a strong sense of community and support for the environment.”
The best way to find a geocache is to have a handheld gps. So this week I got mine back from my daughter who was no longer using it. And today I found my very first geocache right here in McIntosh.
First you go to the website and enter your city or zip code. Then it tells you the gps coordinates for geocaches located near you. The closest one to me is only .4 mile away from my campsite. Let’s go!
Had to stop and take a picture of this shrimp plant growing on the white picket fence.
My gps says we’re only 35 feet from the geocache. It’s located in Van Ness Park in the center of town.
I had some trouble finding it at first because every time I walked under the trees I lost the gps signal. Plus, the gps is only accurate to 15 feet. So it took some looking around.
Let’s check out that pole.
The clue on the website says “gone fishin’.” Do you see the fishing line tied there?
My friend Angela stopped to see what I was doing and helped me look. She found the geocache!
It’s in an aspirin bottle covered with black tape.
Inside are some pink and green beads and a paper to write your geocache username and date found. Someone else also found this geocache today...how about that!
After I logged my find on the website, I earned a virtual souvenir!
That was fun. I’ll have to look for another one soon.